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Wed., Sep. 17, 2014
Edelman Recruits PA Chief from APCO
By Greg Hazley
 
lvovichEdelman has brought in APCO executive director Stephanie Lvovich to be global chair of public affairs, putting an experienced European PA pro at the helm of its 275-staffer practice.
Category: Public Affairs
Wed., Sep. 17, 2014
Finsbury Returns to Roots
By Kevin McCauley
 
finsburyRLM Finsbury has rebranded as Finsbury, three years following its merger with Robinson Lerer Montgomery.
Category: Corporate Communications
 
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Yahoo's Vidra Takes New Republic Helm
By Kevin McCauley
 

Guy Vidra, general manager of Yahoo News, has been named the first CEO of The New Republic effective Oct. 13.

 
Category: Media News
Wed., Sep. 17, 2014
W2O Woos Walsey
By Kevin McCauley
 
david walseyW2O Group has hired former client David Walsey as managing director of its BrewLife unit to lead its new outpost in San Diego.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
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By Jack ODwyer
 

spurlockPR’s effort to destroy mainstream media has succeeded beyond its “wildest imagination,” lawyer Delbert Spurlock told the ethics panel of PRSA/New York Sept. 8.

 
Category: PR Ethics
Wed., Sep. 17, 2014
Tourbar Looks for PR Partner
By Kevin McCauley
 
tourbarUK-based Tourbar, the social networking services for travelers, is looking for a PR firm.
Category: Travel PR
Wed., Sep. 17, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-17-2014
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Measurement The spectre of AVE (PRable) 
Measurement PR measurement evolves (M. Eisenmann) 
PA Gridlock on the Beltway? Take a local detour (P. Pannett) 
Crisis NFL Sponsors rattle their sabers (P. Himler) 
Social Talking points for people who don't get social media as a news platform (M. Senak) 
Food/Bev Top 3 reasons craft brewers look east (P. Finkell) 
Refresher Arthur Page's seven principles (D. Bedell) 
Sponsors When to say when (S. Cody) 
Career 7 signs you've been at your job too long (S. Huntington) 
Image Multibillion-dollar hotel chain encourages you to tip its workers (NY Mag)
Category: PR Links
Wed., Sep. 17, 2014
Torossian Targets Met
By Kevin McCauley
 
klinghoffer5W Public Relations chief Ronn Torossian is promoting the Sept. 22 rally to protest the Metropolitan Opera's gala opening of the controversial "The Death of Klinghoffer."
Category: Crisis Communications
Wed., Sep. 17, 2014
Bankrupt San Bernardino Seeks PR Advice
By Greg Hazley
 
san bernardinoSan Bernardino, Calif., which became the largest US city to file for bankruptcy in 2012 before it was eclipsed by Detroit, is on the hunt for PR and marketing communications counsel to improve its image. 
Category: RFPs
Wed., Sep. 17, 2014
Firms Aid Smallpox Drugmaker in Bankruptcy
By Greg Hazley
 
smallpoxSIGA Technologies, the publicly traded, New York-based provider of an antiviral smallpox drug for the federal government, is working with outside PR and IR counsel amid a Sept. 16 Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. 
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Obama Aide Tackles NFL Mess
By Kevin McCauley
 
cynthia hoganCynthia Hogan, who was policy advisor for President Obama, has joined the NFL as senior VP/public policy and government affairs.
Category: Crisis Communications
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Publicis Chief Levy to Exit
By Kevin McCauley
 
maurice levyMaurice Levy, 72, will step down from the helm of French ad/PR combine Publicis Groupe at the general assembly meeting to approve financials for the fiscal 2016 year.
Category: Marketing Communications
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Blog: Stock Buyback Blitz May Be Coming to End
By Kevin McCauley
 
Apple, IBM, ExxonMobil lead Wall Street stock buyback blitz, which may be coming to end as investment for the future comes back into vogue.
Category: Financial PR & Investor Relations
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
MCSquared Cleans Up Ecuador Filing
By Kevin McCauley
 
Brooklyn's MCSquared, which represents Ecuador in its long-running legal battle with Chevron over pollution in the Amazon, discloses $1.9M in disbursements.
Category: Environmental PR
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Radisson Drops Sponsorship of NFL's Vikings
By Greg Hazley
 
petersonGlobal hotelier Radisson has dropped its sponsorship of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings, in the wake child abuse charges against star running back Adrian Peterson. Anheuser-Busch fires a warning shot. 
Category: Corporate Communications
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Finn Partners Grabs gabbegroup
By Greg Hazley
 
gabbeFinn Partners has acquired New York-based gabbegroup, a 34-year-old PR firm focused on the health and education markets.
Category: Healthcare PR
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
New West Rolls Toll PR
By Kevin McCauley
 
east endNew West of Louisville is handling a $1.7M communications effort to educate the driving public about tolls on downtown bridges.
Category: Public Affairs
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
RF Catches Ketchum's Walsh
By Kevin McCauley
 
Ruder Finn has named Peggy Walsh CFO to oversee the books at the No. 5 ranked independent's dozen offices in the US, UK and Asia.
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
PR Links of the Day - 9-16-2014
By Greg Hazley
 
Firms Advice to those who want to build a PR firm (G. Dietrich)
PR 101 
Escaping the journalist's delete button (F. Janssen)
Q&A
Measurement Week: Richard Bagnall of Prime Research (BL) 
PR 101 Diary of a bull$hit explainer (G. Rubel) 
Amazon Case study: silence (J. Horton) 
B2B Getting coverage as B2B startup (A. Grinavich) 
Citizenship If you're not where millennials expect you to be, you're nowhere (P. Beucler) 
Talking Heads Talk isn't cheap as paid speakers make millions on their mouths (Bloomberg)
Category: PR Links
Tue., Sep. 16, 2014
Kekst Aids Ann Taylor Parent as Hedge Funds Circle
By Greg Hazley
 
Ann TaylorANN Inc., the New York-based parent company of fashion retail brands Ann Taylor and LOFT, has donned Kekst and Company for PR support amid pressure from activist hedge funds to sell.
Category: PR Firms
 
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